Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Murphy’s Madness

Title: Murphy’s Madness
Author: Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-393-X         
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-shifter, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Murphy has had to pack up and leave in the dead of the night once before and now it looks like he has no choice but to do it again. 

Murphy’s Madness is the fifteenth book in the Brac Pack series, and like the last story, revolves around two characters the readers have met previously.  The first is Murphy, owner of the mates' favorite bookstore.  In this novella, we learn that Murphy is also a writer, who happens to have a stalker.  The stalker aspect plays heavily in the story and causes Murphy more than a few headaches.  The second character is Ludo, one of Maverick’s sentries, whom readers’ may remember was falsely accused of inappropriate behavior towards another’s mate.  Even with the misunderstanding cleared up, this incident still affects Ludo’s life. 

The author gives the men more than their fair share of problems as Murphy has many issues to overcome.  There is no denying that the men have a strong chemistry between them. However, the stalker subplot, or I should say the wolves’ reaction to the stalker, caused some issues for me.  Throughout the series, one of the main underlying aspects has always been each wolf’s desire to do anything for his mate.  Their number one priority, once they found their mate, becomes the happiness, well being and safety of their mate.  For me, that seemed to fall by the wayside in this story.  Does Ludo love Murphy and want to do anything to make sure his mate is well cared for?  Yes, but the sentry jumps straight to the conclusion that Murphy’s stalker is a figment of his imagination and starts thinking of medical ways to cure him.  Maverick and the other wolves are no different and, if not for the quick work of the mates, there is no telling what could have happened to the newest addition to the pack.  Some may say that Murphy, at times, began to question his sanity as no one else seemed to see Maribel, but that, for me, was a non-issue as Ludo should have done a better job stepping up to the plate.  I did like the fact that Murphy did not automatically forgive Ludo. In fact, Murphy had to work towards finding the forgiveness his wolf so badly wanted before their relationship could start over. 

While I did have some issues with the wolves’ behavior, and I understand these things may not bother anyone else, I still found this to be an entertaining read and can’t wait to see what comes next.

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